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CSL Spice MI700 review

CSL Spice MI700 review
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CSL DroidPad Spice Mi700, a Tablet that is powered by the Android 2.2 (Froyo) and runs on the Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor. The Spice MI700's high-resolution 7in capacitive touchscreen allows users to physically interact with applications and content.
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Review On : CSL Spice MI700

By Jonathan Cheah

At A Glance:

Pros: + Froyo OS
+ HSDPA capable
Cons:
- 3-megapixel Camera
- Little onboard memory
- 24 hours standby time

03 December 2010 – The CSL Droidpad Mi700 is Tablet cum Smartphone that runs on version 2.2 of Android, which is also known as Froyo. As we have mentioned before, Froyo is a version of Android that has been tuned to run faster than before, so it will make devices with slower clock speeds perform almost as fast as faster clock devices with older operating systems installed.

Apparently this is a rebranded device and is similar to the Camangi FM600 and the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 devices. The ‘Spice’ in the name may have something to do with a version of this device being sold in India, as Spice Mobile is one of the major handset makers in India.

In the box
- Transceiver unit
- Charger set
- Manuals

Exterior, Controls and Screen
The Droidpad is a compact 7-inch tablet with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. If you hold the device in portrait orientation, then the speakers are at the top and bottom of the device. The top speaker is next to the power on/off button. The volume toggle and the card slots are on the right side of the device.

On the left side of the device, we have the headphone and USB jacks and what appears to be a pinhole for a microphone. There is also another pinhole for resetting the device. I would gather that you would need to prod the reset pinhole with a pin or something similarly sharp.

The camera window is curiously smack in the middle of the back, which is otherwise empty. It does look a little funny to have seven inches of blank space at the back of the device. The back does scratch rather easily, and a good idea would be to put a photo or picture at the back of the device and then laminate or plastic wrap the whole back portion just to make the problem of accidental scratching go away.

Software, Applications and Games
The key selling point of this device is that it runs the latest version of the Android OS, which is version 2.2 also known as Froyo. Most of the applications on the device are default Android, and CSL has put in some of their own apps too.

The applications and games are downloadable from the Android store and from other sources across the Internet. The trouble with the Droidpad is that the programming is not done properly and something as simple as transferring a file to the Droidpad is now rather complicated. You will have to install the suite to connect the Droidpad to a compatible PC, the manual does not say if it will.

Simply connecting the Droidpad to the PC will not work. The PC reads the Droidpad as a CD and refuses to share its toys with the new kid. Bluetooth file transfer is a nightmare on Android devices, as you can no longer select send-via-Bluetooth from a context menu and need another application just to do this efficiently.

Camera, Video and Audio
The camera is a 3-megapixel one, right in the middle of a rather large amount of real estate at the back of the device. It would look really funny when you hold up something the size of a pocket book and try to shoot a photo with it.

Internet Connectivity
This is a HSDPA 7.2 Mbps device. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3G and quad-band GSM.

Bluetooth 2.1 is supported and the microUSB plugs into a computer and auto-syncs your data if you want it to, just like any other Google Android device.

Editor's Opinion
There is some word going around that the standby time for this device something like 22 days. The only way that would be possible is if you turned off the device! I had the Droidpad on a full charge one afternoon, tossed it under the table and forgot all about it. The very next evening it refused to switch on so the standby time is a paltry 24 hours.

Conclusion: Very cheap tablet device at about 60% of most competing devices


Editor's rating:
Fair


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